- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A lumber baron’s 142-year-old mansion in Saginaw is set to be demolished.

The Saginaw News (https://bit.ly/1XVXsiG ) reports the Saginaw City Council resolved in a 4-3 vote Monday to tear down the blighted property at the edge of the city’s downtown to clear space for future development. Charles Lee, a lumberman in East Saginaw, built the mansion.

Saginaw spent $20,000 to buy the property in 2011 using a federal grant, planning to take down the mansion. The city’s plans stalled amid outcry from preservationists and others in 2012.

City Manager Tim Morales says a group approached the city at that time with interest in buying and restoring the mansion, but he says the group didn’t move forward with that following an initial meeting.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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